Cornelius City Council sends 'magic mushroom' ban to voters
Cornelius is joining several other Oregon cities, temporarily banning psilocybin treatment centers and product manufacturing until voters have the final say later this year.
The Cornelius City Council voted Wednesday, Aug. 10, to refer the question to voters whether to ban psilocybin treatment and manufacturing within Cornelius city limits. Voters will decide at the November general election.
Oregonians approved Ballot Measure 109 in 2020, which decriminalized psilocybin in some instances. The psychoactive compound occurs naturally in certain fungi, sometimes known as "magic mushrooms," and has been used to treat depression, anxiety, trauma and addiction, among other issues, according to the Oregon Health Authority. The measure requires the Oregon Health Authority to begin accepting applications for licenses to manufacture and administer the drug starting Jan. 2, 2023.
There are no retail sales of psilocybin allowed under state laws, and the drug can only be used legally under professional supervision and only in specially designated facilities.
The measure passed in Washington County with 59% in favor, a wider margin than 56% to 44% statewide, but the measure gives cities and counties the ability to ban the medical and manufacturing centers with voter approval.
Several Oregon cities and counties are considering temporary bans while the state finalizes regulatory rules.
Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin backed the decision, in favor of a wait-and-see approach to the new marketplace.
"It's not the end, it's pumping the brakes," Dalin said last Wednesday. "There are still a ton of rules to be decided by the state, so the decision was a little bit based in our experience with marijuana and all the rulemaking and changes. That's why we're pumping the brakes to avoid a bit of the Wild West that went on with the legalization of marijuana."
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